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Top 5 Certifications that Will Get You Your Dream Job in IT Industry

Top 5 Certifications that Will Get You Your Dream Job in IT Industry

The IT market is booming. There are a huge number of jobs being created by the day – 165 million jobs in the US by 2020.

Yes, this usually means there will be mass hiring with a lot of varied positions opened.

But companies want professionals with skills – skills that mean something to the industry, they want professionals who are certified.

Certifications get your skills up to speed with the latest developments in the industry. Due to their maintenance requirements, these credentials expect you to keep yourself updated with constant training. Besides, a certified professional earns at least two times more than a non-certified professional.

Simplilearn conducted a survey to check which of the certifications are going to take the top 5 positions in 2017. And here is what they found:

1. Project Management Professional (PMP®)

Project Management Professional stands first on the list of the top 5 certifications. An internationally recognized professional credential offered by the PMI® (Project Management Institute), PMP is one that lands professionals the top most jobs in the industry. Attaining this credential signifies that you understand the universal project management language. You are also connected to a large community of professionals, experts, and organizations worldwide in the same industry.

Where can you get certification training?

Simplilearn’s PMP® training course is designed to ensure that you pass your PMP exam at the first attempt. Their hands-on training approach helps your understand the working of the 5 process groups and the 10 knowledge areas that are defined in the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition. With simulation exams, practice tests, industry case studies, and mentorship from global thought leaders, you can be sure to get the entire package learning experience you are looking for.

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    2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

    The certification to bag the second spot is the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. This certification is for those individuals who have basic experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS software. The exam covers a range of topics like designing on AWS, selecting the appropriate AWS services, ingress and egress of data to and from the AWS, estimating AWS costs and identifying cost-control measures.

    What does the income look like?

    Well, as a certified AWS Solutions Architect Associate, your average annual salary is $125,871.

    What is criteria you need to meet?

    If you are planning on taking up this certification, here’s what you need to meet the criteria:

    • 1-2 years of hands-on experience designing available, fault tolerant, cost efficient, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.
    • In-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language.
    • The ability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application.
    • The experience to deploy hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components.
    • The capability to provide best practices to build secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform.

    Where can you get certification training?

    Simplilearn’s AWS Solution Architect Associate training program is designed to help you develop well-rounded skills to kick-start your journey with AWS. With industry expert, Bernard Golden, as the course instructor, you will learn how AWS redefines the rules of architecting IT infrastructure. You will also lean Amazon’s best practices. One of the few companies who offer hands-on experience in AWS, their AWS Solutions Architect Associate training course comes with access to an AWS labs for hands-on learning.

    3. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

    Third on the list is the CISSP certification from (ISC)2. This certification is ideal for those candidates with proven deep managerial and technical competence skills, credibility, and experience to design, implement, engineer, and manage the information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks.

    What does their income look like?

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    As a CISSP, your average annual salary will be $121,923.

    What is the criteria you need to meet?

    If you want to pursue this certification, you will need to first have five years of cumulative paid full-time work experience in two of the eight domains in the (ISC)2 CISSP CBL®.

    You could receive one year of waiver if you have a four year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the (ISC)2 approved list. If you do get this waiver, you will only need four years of full-time professional security work experience in two or more of the eight domains in the CISSP CBK®.

    How many people hold this certification?

    As of the 4th of October 2016, there are 110,408 (ISC)2 members holding the CISSP certification worldwide. Don’t let this number scare you. CISSPs are still in extreme demand.

    Where can you get your certification training?

    Simplilearn’s CISSP certification training is aligned to the (ISC) ² CBK 2015 and trains you in the industry’s latest best practices, which will help you ace the exam in the first attempt. With cyber expert Joseph Steinberg leading the class, this training will help you define the architecture, and design and manage the security of your organization as well as develop working knowledge in the eight domains areas prescribed by the CISSP Common Book of Knowledge, 2015.

    4. ITIL® v3 Foundation

    Coming in 4th on the list is the ITIL® v3 Foundation certification. This certification gives you a basic understanding of the key elements, concepts, and terminologies that are used in the ITIL® service lifecycle.

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    What does the take home look like?

    Getting certified in ITIL® v3 Foundation gets you an average annual salary of $99,869.

    What is the criteria you need to meet?

    This certification has no prerequisites that you will need to fulfil. In fact, this certification acts like a prerequisite if you plan on taking up the next level ITIL certifications.

    Where can you get your training?

    Simplilearn’s ITIL Foundation certification training gives you a general awareness of the key elements, concepts, and terminology used in the ITIL service lifecycle. With mentorship from Manuel Llyod, IT service expert, the training is designed to ensure that you pass your exam in the first attempt.

    5. Data Scientist

    “Data Scientist” is the pinnacle rank in an analytics organization. Glassdoor has ranked Data Scientist first in the 25 Best Jobs for 2016. With the amount of data being generated every day, companies are on the lookout for data scientists with the ability to keep with the changing need of the industry.

    What is the take home?

    As a certified data scientist, your average annual salary will be $118,709.

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    What are the skills you will need to become a data scientist and the criteria you need to meet?

    1. Python Coding – The most common coding language, Python is required in this role, along with Java, Perl, or C/C++.
    2. Understanding of the Hadoop Platform – There isn’t usually always a requirement to know Hadoop, but it is preferred. Having experience in Pig or Hive is a strong selling point.
    3. SQL Database/ Coding – At interviews you will still be judged on your ability to write and execute complex queries in SQL, so knowing the language is a must.
    4. Unstructured data – It is an absolute must that you are able to work with unstructured data no matter where it comes from.

    You will need to have a few years of relevant work experience to take up any data science certification exam from any institute.

    Where can you get your certification training?

    Simplilearn recently launched a revolutionary product called the Masters Program, which is a set of selected number of courses that are chosen according to an industry recommended learning path. This gives you the perfect road to follow with you are looking to become an expert.

    Their Data Scientist Masters Program is a bundle that offers 5 of the most-wanted Data Science courses in the industry. This program has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of the new wave of demand for strong analytics professionals. It equips you with all the conceptual and technical skills that are required for the ultimate position in the analytics industry. This program comes with access to high-quality eLearning content, simulation exams, a community moderated by experts, and other resources that will help you land your dream role.

    So there you go – the top 5 certifications you might just want to consider. There were couple of other certifications that stood out, but due to a lower number of respondents, they were not listed.

    It’s time to take your career to the next level. Get certified and stay on top of your game.

    Good luck!

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    17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

    17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

    In the movie The Matrix, everyone was intrigued with the ability that Neo and his friends possessed to learn new skills in a matter of seconds. With the incredible rise in technology today, the rapid learning in the movie is becoming much more of a reality than you realize.

    The current generation has access to more knowledge and information than any before it. Through the internet, we are able to access all sorts of knowledge to answer almost every conceivable question. To become smarter, it’s more about the ability to learn faster, rather than being a natural born genius.

    Here are 17 ways to kickstart your Matrix-style learning experience in a short amount of time.

    1. Deconstruct and Reverse Engineer

    Break down the skill that you want to learn into little pieces and learn techniques to master an isolated portion. The small pieces will come together to make up the whole skill.

    For example, when you’re learning to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

    2. Use the Pareto Principle

    Use the Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80 20 rule. Identify the 20% of the work that will give you 80% of the results. Find out more about the 80 20 rule here: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

    Take learning a new language for example. It does not take long to realize that some words pop up over and over again as you’re learning. You can do a quick search for “most commonly used French words,” for example, and begin to learn them first before adding on the rest.

    3. Make Stakes

    Establish some sort of punishment for not learning the skill that you are seeking. There are sites available that allow you to make a donation toward a charity you absolutely hate if you do not meet your goals. Or you can place a bet with a friend to light that fire under you.

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    However, keep in mind that several studies have shown that rewards tend to be more motivating than punishment[1].

    4. Record Yourself

    Seeing yourself on video is a great way to learn from your mistakes and identify areas that you need to improve. This is very effective for any musicians, actors, speakers, performers, and dancers.

    5. Join a Group

    There are huge benefits to learning in a group. Not only are you able to learn from others but you’ll be encouraged to make progress together. Whether it’s a chess club, a mastermind group, or an online meet-up group, get connected with other like-minded individuals.

    6. Time Travel

    Visit the library. Although everything is moving more and more online, there are still such things called libraries.

    Whether it’s a municipal library or your university library, you will be amazed at some of the books available there that are not accessible online. Specifically, look for the hidden treasures and wisdom contained in the really old books.

    7. Be a Chameleon

    When you want to learn new skills, imitate your biggest idol. Watch a video and learn from seeing someone else do it. Participate in mimicry and copy what you see.

    Studies have shown that, apart from learning,[2]

    “Mimicry is an effective tool not only to create ties and social relationships, but also for maintaining them.”

    Visual learning is a great way to speed up the learning process. YouTube has thousands of videos on almost every topic available.

    8. Focus

    Follow one course until success! It’s easy to get distracted, to throw in the towel, or to become interested in the next great thing and ditch what you initially set out to do.

    Ditch the whole idea of multitasking, as it has been shown to be detrimental and unproductive Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

    9. Visualize

    The mind has great difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined. That is why athletes practice mentally seeing their success before attempting the real thing[3].

    Visualize yourself achieving your new skill and each step that you need to make to see results. This is an important skill to help when you’re learning the basics or breaking a bad habit.

    Take a look at this article to learn how to do so: How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results

    10. Find a Mentor

    Success leaves clues. The best short cut to become an expert is to find an expert and not have to make the mistakes that they have made.

    Finding out what NOT to do from the expert will fast-track your learning when you want to learn new skills. It is a huge win to have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

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    If you need help learning how to find a mentor, check out this article.

    11. Sleep on It

    Practice your new skill within four hours of going to sleep.

    Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, is a noted rapid learning expert. He says that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics are ingrained at a quicker level.

    12. Use the 20-Hour Rule

    Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magic number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill.

    His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.[4]

    Check out his video to find out more:

    13. Learn by Doing

    It’s easy to get caught up in reading and gathering information on how to learn new skills and never actually get around to doing those skills. The best way to learn is to do.

    Regardless of how unprepared you feel, make sure you are physically engaged continuously. Keep alternating between research and practice.

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    14. Complete Short Sprints

    Rather than to force yourself into enduring hours upon hours of dedication, work in short sprints of about 20-30 minutes, then get up and stretch or take a short walk. Your brain’s attention span works best with short breaks, so be sure to give it the little rest it needs.

    One study found that, between two groups of students, the students who took two short breaks when studying actually performed better than those who didn’t take breaks[5].

    15. Ditch the Distractions

    Make sure the environment you are in is perfect for your rapid-learning progress. That means ditching any social media, and the temptation to check any email. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

    Before you sit down to learn new skills, make sure that potential distractions are far from sight.

    16. Use Nootropics

    Otherwise known as brain enhancers, these cognitive boosters are available in natural herbal forms and in supplements.

    Many students will swear by the increased focus that nootropics will provide[6], particularly as they get set for some serious cramming. Natural herbal nootropics have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditions to improve the mind and learning.

    Find out more about brain supplements in this article.

    17. Celebrate

    For every single small win that you experience during the learning process, be sure to celebrate. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin as you raise your hands in victory and pump your fits. Have a piece of chocolate and give yourself a pat on the back. This positive reinforcement will help you keep pushing forward as you learn new skills.

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    The Bottom Line

    Learning a new skill should be exciting and fun. Whether you use online courses, real world experience, YouTube videos, or free online resources, take time to learn in the long term. Keep picturing the joy of reaching the end goal and being a better version of yourself as continual motivation.

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